Look great! That remote panel idea is awesome too. You doing wood sides? I'm working on a two channel EQ plus a remote for an EQ plug-in which will both be in such console style (desktop) boxes. Makes a lot more sense to me for knob tweaking, but I'm a DAW head with less stuff in front of me. Can't wait to see the control circuit in there. Had you thought about doing the main guts in anything other than a rack chassis? A brick-like box you could hide under the desk or behind a rack would be pretty cool too.
BTW- I've been into etched aluminum lately and it seems to work out pretty well and isn't too difficult. It can get a nice "vintage" look with glossy black controls. The technique was something I saw someone online doing with stomp boxes. I can try to dig up the tutorial link if it's still around.
Here's some really close up shots of some test etches: http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Jidis/pit400.jpg http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Jidis/metal.jpg http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...hswitch250.jpg
Those were just rough tests, so the speckles and imperfections didn't matter, but they look cool anyway.
Here's a finished etch of the plug control, which has been done for ages but I never decided on a box or made my buttons for it. http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Jidis/Panel3.jpg
(there's no black paint in the etched areas yet)
You've got a bunch of options on the surface look too, as the etched area is deep enough that you can sand/polish the surface to whatever texture you like without killing the labels. You can also do different colored paint in the labels. If you include layout markings on the print they also make pretty effective punch points to center drill bits and make your cutouts.
Looking forward to more 1176 pictures!
PS- Did you really take six and a half thousand shots in-between those last two?